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Anatoly Karpov vs Boris Spassky
Interpolis 4th (1980), Tilburg NED, rd 9, Sep-29
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1-0



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Feb-13-05  Albertan: An interesting game in the Keres Attack variation of the Sicilian Defense:Scheveningen Variation. 6.!? is known as the Keres Attack (named for GM Paul Keres).

The move 8...d5!? is interesting.GM's suggest that when black is able to play ...d5 he or she has gained equality.

Feb-13-05  Albertan: Albertan: The move 15.Nf5! is beautiful creating the obvious threat of 16.Qxd5 (so this threat forced Spassky to give up the two bishops). I am sure Spassky must have contemplated playing 16...Qd7!? instead of 16..a6. If he had played 16...Qd7!? play might have continued: 17.Qxd5 Qxd5 18.Rxd5 a6 19.Bxc6 bxc6 20.Rd3 Rd8 21.Ra3 Ra8 and Karpov would have an advantage in the endgame due to his better pawn structure.
Feb-13-05  Albertan: Karpov's move of 17.Bxc6! is quite instructive, simplying the position and creating more weaknesses in the Black position.

Spassky's move of 22...Bg5 ?is an error. He should have played 22..Qb8 or 22...Qf8

If Spassky had played 22...Qf8 play might have continued: 23.Qa5 Qb8 24.Rd2 !? Bg5 25.Re3!? Bxe3! 26.fxe3 Qe5 27.cxd5 cxd5 28.e4!? Qa1+ 29.Kc2 [] Rb8 30.Rxd5

Feb-13-05  Albertan: The move 24.cxd5 is effective, threatening 25.dxc6+ (with a forced checkmate in 10 according to Shredder 8!!). I wonder why Spassky did not try the move 26...Qb3+ ? then after 27.Qc3 Qb5+ 28.Qc4 Bh4 29.Rg1 Bf6 30.d6 Re8 he Black seems to be okay.

32.f6! is threatening 33.Ra7+

Jul-28-06  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 12..Be7, on 12..Bb4+! 13 c3 Be7 Black has induced White to disturb his Queen side pawns, and White can castle only on the Queen side.
Jul-28-06  Ulhumbrus: 13...Bxh4 opens the h file. Instead of this, 13...Bb4+ 14 c3 Be7 may still be correct, despite the loss of time.
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  ToTheDeath: Good god this is a beautiful game. Karpov at his peak, fresh from destroying Korchnoi and dominating every tournament in sight.

Apr-23-11  Everett: Karpov's interpretations of some aggressive lines is really interesting. He simply smothers his opponent instead of trying to blow him off the board.
Apr-23-11  goldenbear: 17.Bxc6? throws away the win. Spassky should have played 19.Kd7 with equality.
Jun-06-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Karpov vs Spassky, 1980.
Your score: 61 (par = 50)


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  harrylime: Spassky played the opening extremely lame...

and was dutifully punished...

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  perfidious: A significant improvement in Spassky's play was introduced in the correspondence game G Timmerman vs Ulf Andersson, 1994.
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  woldsmandriffield: The game score gives 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 but a photograph taken at the event clearly shows that Spassky played 2..e6

Oct-22-20  RookFile: It's a funny thing. I remember that at the time, Spassky's 13....Bxh4 was severely criticized. I think Mednis said a younger version of Spassky wouldn't even have considered the move.

Yet the computer rates the position as 0.09 before Bxh4, and the advantage only grows to 0.14 after the move.

So the move probably is inaccurate, but it is not as bad as folks thought it was back then.

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